A revisit of the caterpillar

You might have read our blog posts sometimes in July about this caterpillar that appeared in our office.

1. I spy with my little eye…

2. Nature is everywhere indeed!

Or you might have just seen the picture or video post on our “Science It” Facebook page.

Caterpillar building an enclosure

In the composition picture above, we showed the caterpillar in action from 8 plus in the morning until 12 plus in the afternoon. It was building a nice enclosure for a rest, and it did so by chewing off part of the leaf blade on both sides, and curling the leaf blade together.You might be curious what happened to the caterpillar. Unfortunately, it didn’t survive. The condition was probably too harsh for the tiny being.

However, someone recently responded to an earlier call to identify the caterpillar. He said it was likely a type of skipper caterpillar and even posted in the “Butterflies of Singapore and Malaysia” Facebook Group to ask for other opinions. Another person responded to that and said it might be skipper cat caterpillar. It was exciting to revisit the subject. I ran a search for skipper cat caterpiller and I found this awesome video of a skipper caterpillar building an enclosure for rest.

Enjoy the video!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Kiat Teng says:

    I shared this close-up shot of the caterpillar (http://on.fb.me/OZYW7z) and I got another response – Palm Bob Caterpillar (Suastus gremius gremius). You can identify it by the details on its head, the dark stripe on its back, and the black dots that lined both sides of the body.

    Palm Bob Caterpillar (http://www.butterflycircle.com/checklist%20V2/CI/index.php/start-page/startpage/showbutterfly/277) is a skipper caterpillar. Skippers are named so because they are characterised by its rapid flight.

    Apparently, this skipper was not recorded in Singapore earlier and even recorded as a rare species in Malaysia. However, with the increase in cultivation of its host plants – mainly the golden cane palm (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dypsis_lutescens) as ornamental plants, there had been more sightings of the Palm Bob Caterpillar.

    We have finally successfully identify the caterpillar species!

  2. Danny says:

    Great video! What a cool find! Nice camera work too!

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